UK: Chagossians protest MPA outside UK Court of Appeal
Click on the gallery to see photos of a protest on 31 March by Chagos Islanders outside the UK Court of Appeal in central London. The Court met to hear a challenge to the creation of the Chagos Marine Protected Area.
In 2010 the UK government created the world's largest marine reserve around the Chagos Islands, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The Islands' original inhabitants were evicted 50 years ago to make way for a US air base on the island of Diego Garcia.
A new MRG report says that the creation of the Marine Protected Area, and the subsequent banning of commercial fishing in its waters, effectively bars Islanders from returning to their homes. Under international law, the Chagossians have a right to return to their homeland, unless such return is not feasible, in which case they should be offered appropriate compensation.
Photo credit: Sabrina Jean, UK Chagos Refugees Group.
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